Two TAFE Western Orange College students have been successful at the organisation’s annual Outstanding Graduating Student Awards (OGSA) ceremony in Dubbo yesterday.
Certificate III Community Services Work student Wayne Wright picked up two awards – named Aboriginal Student of the Year and Aboriginal Vocational Student of the Year - while Sammantha Devlin, who completed a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, was named Apprentice of the Year.
“TAFE Western’s OGSAs are nominated by our teachers and recognise our most passionate, dedicated, industrious and skilful students,” Institute Director Kate Baxter said.
“Wayne overcame many personal obstacles to graduate. He was a fine example that students of all ages and abilities can achieve great things if they want to.
“Sammantha had a hugely successful 2015, where she not only graduated, but picked up a swag of awards along the way.
“Both Wayne and Sammantha are extremely talented, hard working, have been great role models for their peers and are very deserving of this recognition.”
Wayne was nominated by Certificate III Community Services Work Teacher Sharna Dean, who said: “Wayne always rose to a challenge and inspired others to achieve. Although at times he wondered if it was going to be worth it – a job with Mission Australia was the ultimate prize at the end.”
Sammantha’s nomination came from Commercial Cookery Teacher Jim Smith, who said: “Sammantha was a very positive influence on the other apprentices in her year. Her can do attitude, positive demeanour and many outstanding achievements often inspired the rest of the class.”
Dubbo Diploma of Community Services student Michael Parris was named the Most Outstanding Graduating Student of the Year, with Grace Parker, also from Dubbo, runner-up.
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